Today in the Church Times there is a report on the rising cost of maintaining CofE bishops’ houses. The total spend in 2002-04 was £11 million. In 2008-10, it is forecast to be £21 million. Some of them are Grade listed. Some of them are castles.
Our bishop lives in a basement flat. Nuff said.
(Although I do think he deserves a proper house. I mean, I think I’ve seen him blinking when he comes out into sunlight.)